A Modest Proposal

Multimedia Resources by Teacher Communities Here is a modest proposal I'm making to DFE and the Chartered College of Teaching. Read more

Some advice for Teachers new to Twitter in the new term

Everyone seems to be writing a blog on different aspects of advice for new teachers. Here's some for a Read more

Getting ready to launch a Twitter broadcast season

BUILDING A STUDIO Over the last few months and years I've been testing and building a small TV studio to Read more

Update on Professional Video Streaming through Twitter

This morning I finally cracked it. Good Video and superb audio with camera switching. I have been working on Read more

Video livestreaming through Wirecast to Persicope and out to Twitter

After a 7 month break, I've been working on being able to make quick video posts out through Twitter Read more

360 test

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We launch Mikeybot on Kickstarter

Together with a few colleagues I have launched a Kickstarter campaign > theMikeybot. This is a simple, cheap, wireless drawing Read more

Online resource for students

I don't get much mail through this site but recently a reader wanted to point out a resource for Read more

Pre-filming tests for documentary

I'm pretty close to the look I want for a documentary I'm going to make on the state of Read more

Cheap way to do camera crane shots and "flying" for video - Old boom pole + Zhiun Smooth Q Gimbal

I've been testing a cheap way to get "crane" shots using a Zhiun Smooth Q Gimbal and a modified Read more

Innovation

Interview with Sarah Jones

Posted on by leoncych in Innovation, Mediated Reality, metaverse, Virtual Worlds | Comments Off on Interview with Sarah Jones

I recently caught up with Sarah Jones (@VirtualSarahJ) at the Coventry Storytelling Festival at Coventry University and we talked about her involvement in VR, 360 degree video and Augmented Reality (AR). Sarah is one of the main practitioners and educators (at HE level) involved with VR development in the UK. The people Sarah refers to in the film are: Mel Slater > http://www0.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/m.slater/Mel_Slaters_Home_Page/Home.html Sarah Hill > http://www.seemehuman.com/ Specular Theory > http://www.speculartheory.com/ ThingLink > http://demo.thinglink.com/vr-editor. VRgirlsUK is on Twitter at @VRgirlsUK Samantha Kingston is on Twitter as @K_Samantha1. Virtual Umbrella is here http://www.virtualumbrella.marketing/ I mentioned Nonny de la Peña – Her website is here > http://www.immersivejournalism.com/

L4L_News on Touchcast – Looking at blogs about Edtech and the Future

Posted on by leoncych in blogging, Digital Literacy, Educational Change, informal learning, Innovation | Comments Off on L4L_News on Touchcast – Looking at blogs about Edtech and the Future

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Excerpt: If you can’t see the video above then read the transcript below. Hello and welcome to Learn 4 Life News on TouchCast. I’m starting a new season of films today for busy teachers. Each week I will look at different aspects of the Edtech and mainstream news, blogs and other social activity online; beginning with a quick look at how various educational bloggers are very skeptical about the use of Edtech in schools. A lot of practising teachers don’t have time for technology in their classrooms – only one thing has to go wrong, and in this increasingly time-efficient world, that’s one time…

Twitter Widgets to RSS Feed for twitter search

Posted on by leoncych in "Twitter search", Continual Professional Development, informal learning, Innovation | Comments Off on Twitter Widgets to RSS Feed for twitter search

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Excerpt: Just playing about I used Amit Argawal’s Twitter Widget to RSS feed script to make a Twitter Search Widget that you can see below Tweets about “education research” // < ![CDATA[ !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); // ]]> but then I turned that into a “readable” RSS feed via Amit’s Google script; which you can, in turn, then drop into any RSS reader saving you the trouble of going to Twitter and typing it in. Here’s the URL parsed by FeedBucket for example. Now I’ve updated this blog, I’m looking for faster ways of processing “search”; this script came in very handy. It saves me trawling mindlessly through Twitter every…

The resurgence of VR – will this be a reality in 5 years?

Posted on by leoncych in Academies, Adult Learning, advisory, Computing at School, CPD, Curriculum, Digital Literacy, Digital Makers, Digital Media, distributed networking, Educational Change, Innovation, Peer to Peer, teachmeet, training, video, Virtual Worlds | Comments Off on The resurgence of VR – will this be a reality in 5 years?

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Excerpt: What you see here, above, is a “Virtual” Conference environment I built in 2009 on the  Second Life platform. It was used regularly and it performed pretty well. The idea was to supply conference facilities for teachers who would come in as Avatars – i.e. people in Virtual personas. The screens could show powerpoints – the giant TVs could show video on-demand.  Wherever you sat in the environment you had a perfect view of the screen or avatar that was talking at any one point. Your avatar could sit in one of those pods and share documents and files with anyone in the “virtual”…

What do people “do” at TeachMeets?

Posted on by leoncych in Innovation | Comments Off on What do people “do” at TeachMeets?

This is Ian Addison at the #BETT2015 TeachMeet talking about the uses of Skitch. No-one saw how he was going to use it at the end of his presentation. If you haven’t seen it before, watch to the end… If you can’t see the video above on your device click here https://vimeo.com/119187921 This is what people do at TeachMeets.

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